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Grammar Pet Peeves

If Typos Make Your Teeth Hurt, You Just Might Be An Introvert

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.31.2016 | Arts

When I was a single lass and trolling OkCupid, many moons ago (I hesitate to say how many, but suffice it to say Tinder wasn’t yet a popular dating ...

An Open Letter to Everyone Writing about Sneaky Mountains

Marc Hartzman | Posted 08.12.2016 | Weird News
Marc Hartzman

This is a plea to all the journalists, bloggers, social media posters, and anyone else who writes things for others to see. Stop saying "sneak peak."

10 Things That Really Make My Head Explode

Jill Robbins | Posted 05.09.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

when a friend challenged me to write down my 'Top 10 List of Pet Peeves,' I thought I'd struggle to come up with 10. I was so wrong. I've got 10. I could even get to 11. I could probably get to 'eleven-teen,' the mythical number my son uses when counting.

The Urban Slang Words That Drive Me Absolutely Cray Cray

Jill Robbins | Posted 04.02.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

When someone says 'epic fail' I think of a disaster of, well, epic proportions. Major stuff. Nuclear accidents, plague, locusts. Certainly not the barista forgetting to make your double-shot Venti a skinny or Chick-fil-A being closed on Sunday.

I Can't Remember If It's 'Effected' or 'Affected,' Hence Your Blog Post Has Impacted Me Greatly

James Napoli | Posted 08.05.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

I wanted to tell you something meaningful about that very well-researched and insightful blog you posted yesterday. I got going on a really nice respo...

12 Commonly Misused Words And Phrases

Sara Schwartz | 2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Are you (or someone you love) making these grammar mistakes? End the confusion for good.Read more from Grandparents.c...

The Age of Impoliteness

Imogen Lloyd Webber | Posted 05.20.2013 | Style
Imogen Lloyd Webber

Perhaps I am just getting old. Maybe it's the new normal to arrive twenty minutes late, to arrange a meeting so you can spend its duration broadcasting to the world where your physical but not mental presence is and to never snail mail.

'Affect' or 'Effect'

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

For most people, it is difficult to know when and how to use "affect" and "effect." Their meanings and uses have stabilized in recent years, so let's sort this all out. It's really not all that difficult.

10 Things You Need to Stop Saying in 2013

Michael Cohen | Posted 03.12.2013 | Miami
Michael Cohen

We need to stop abbreviating life, dump the clichés and expressions that have been abused ad nauseam. Here, 10 things that you should drop like its hot (including that annoying Yayyy!!!) in 2013. Are you like, ready?

The Grammar Mistakes You Are Probably Making In Your Final Paper

Posted 11.28.2012 | College

Writing is difficult, especially under exam duress. So how do you make sure your final paper is as great as it can be when you only have two days to w...

Why I'm Not a Grammar Freak

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 10.16.2012 | Teen
Alexis Jane Torre

My biggest reason for not being a grammar freak is that a grammar error has never really stopped me from understanding what's being said.

The Phrase That Makes You Sound Like A Loser

Zoë Triska | Posted 07.21.2012 | Home
Zoë Triska

Once upon a time, I dated this guy. He was a complete douchebag. Oh, there were many signs in advance that he was scummy. He was very rarely available; seeing him was always on his terms; he never really wanted to commit, even after months of dating.

Is The Apostrophe About To Disappear?

Henry Hitchings | Posted 01.01.2012 | Home
Henry Hitchings

While this is not to say that the apostrophe should be renounced, there is plenty of evidence that it is on the way out. Like a lot of moderately successful devices, it continues to have fans - not least the people whose names contain apostrophes.

Don't Blame These Book Problems on the Author!

Dave Astor | Posted 12.18.2011 | Home
Dave Astor

So, with an affectionate nod to Peeves the Poltergeist of Harry Potter, here are a few book-related pet peeves that aren't the authors' fault.

Affect Or Effect? 'Grammar Girl' On The 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse | By Mignon Fogarty | Posted 09.06.2011 | Home

Further versus farther, compliment versus complement, affect versus effect -- the ever-complex, often-irregular English language is full of traps and ...

PHOTOS Grammar Pet Peeves: 4th of July Edition

Posted 08.31.2011 | Home

It's 4th of July weekend (pretty much) and we are thinking about the same things as you are: hotdogs, hamburgers, beach, pool, sun and, most of all, r...

Grammar Pet Peeves: Em Dashes—Why Writers Should Use Them More Sparingly

Slate Magazine | Noreen Malone | Posted 07.26.2011 | Home

According to the Associated Press Stylebook--Slate's bible for all things punctuation- and grammar-related--there are two main prose uses--the abrupt ...

Grammar Pet Peeves: Who, Whom, None Is Or Are?

Robert Lane Greene | Posted 07.22.2011 | Home
Robert Lane Greene

Many people think of language as a set of rules; break them, and you're Wrong. But that's not how language works. There are different degrees of wrongness, and there's not a bright line between the degrees.

Grammar Pet Peeves: The Most Cringe Worthy Mistakes Yet (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.26.2011 | Home

We admit that grammar is not always simple. After all, there are some complicated rules in the English language. The following mistakes, however, ...

Besotted, Obsessed, Affinity: Grammar Pet Peeves, The Valentine's Day Edition (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In honor of Valentine's Day, we searched for some love-themed grammar pet peeves. We are absolutely enamored, besotted, obsessed...uh, is it of, by ...

The Oatmeal: What It Means When You Say "Literally"

The Oatmeal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Literally means actually or without exaggeration. When you say "I literally...," it means you're describing something exactly as it happened......

The Book-Length Sentence In The Age Of Twitter

New York Times | ED PARK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The most famous mega-sentence in literature comes at the end of the book, not the beginning. Molly Bloom's monologue from "Ulysses" (1922) --36 pages ...

Grammar Pet Peeves

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Although most likely better remembered for Snookie and Kanye's Tweets, 2010 also had its fair share of momentous grammar events. From misused to apost...

Calling The Grammar Police!

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

We've all griped about grammar before and our popular series of Grammar Pet Peeves slide shows has shown that Huff Post Books readers are a legion of ...

Grammar Pet Peeves

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As writers, readers and all around bibliophiles, the HuffPost Books community, including us, can't get enough of the schadenfreude of grammar mistakes...